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The weekly newspaper for air cargo professionals Volume: 21

Issue: 6

12 February 2018

Court upholds cartel fines for freight forwarders

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he Court of Justice of the European Union has upheld €169 million of fines given to freight forwarders for participating in an air cargo cartel. The European Commission had imposed the fines on 28 March 2012 against a number of companies for participating in the cartel between 2002 and 2007 for services including the organisation of transportation of items, and could have included activities such as customs

clearance, warehousing or ground services. It was concluded that the anti-competitive conduct of the companies, which agreed on the fixing of various pricing mechanisms and surcharges, gave rise to four distinct cartels. The four cartels were the new export system (NES) for pre-clearance of exports from the UK to countries outside the European Economic Area; the advanced manifest system (AMS) was introduced after the 11 September terrorist attacks, with US customs authorities requiring

companies to submit in advance data on goods that they intend to ship to the US; the currency adjustment factor (CAF) was designed to achieve a common tariff strategy in order to deal with a risk of a fall in profits owing to the People’s Bank of China not pegging the Chinese renminbi to the US dollar in 2005; and the peak season surcharge (PSS) was an agreement to apply a temporary rate adjustment factor imposed as a reaction to increased demand at certain times. A number of companies brought action before the General Court to annul or reduce the fines, but on 29 February 2016, the court upheld the fines. CEVA Freight UK and EGL did not appeal their €2 million NES fine. Fines against Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) and Schenker UK were upheld. €83 million of fines for K+N, Schenker and Deutsche Bahn, and Panalpina for AMS were upheld, while UTi’s was reduced to €2.9 million. €9 million of fines for K+N, Schenker China, Deutsche Bahn and Panalpina for the CAF cartel were all upheld. All €33.4 million of PSS cartel fines for K+N, Schenker, Deutsche Bahn and Panalpina were upheld.

ARK launches multi-million dollar lawsuit against Port Authority THE ARK at New York John F. Kennedy International (JFK) airport will close if it loses a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). The $65 million in-transit facility that offers animal care for all animals traveling as cargo or excess baggage, is the victim of US government “corruption” and “internal squabbling and turf wars” that have killed the project. That is the claim of developer and owner John J. Cuticelli Jr. of Racebrook Capital who holds a 27-year lease with the PANYNJ for the facility. “I just want the Port Authority to honour the lease,” says Cuticelli (pictured). “They keep saying they have signed the lease but do nothing to abide by it. I do not think this is incompetence. I think it is deliberate.” The 310-page lease to establish and operate the facility took three years to draft and involved 11 law firms.

“My phone is ringing off the hook with people from all over the world who cannot believe what is happening” he says. “If we close The Ark no-one will ever buy it, no-one will ever undertake such an endeavour with the US government again.” The dispute hinges on why the Port Authority has continued to use a third-party animal location away from the airport after undertaking to direct all live animals to the privately-owned facility. The Port Authority has steered most animal traffic to another facility it owns in Newburgh, New York that is leased to the

US Department of Agriculture. The multi-million dollar lawsuit describes this as a “wilful” breach of the lease and has led Cuticelli to claim political interference in the Port Authority’s actions. He says: “I simply want them to follow the lease and perform the 310 pages of the lease. I performed. I raised $65 million. I am about to lose everything.” In his lawsuit, Cuticelli claims: “ARK has repeatedly tried in vain to resolve its dispute with the Port Authority to no avail. It is simply impossible for The ARK to cut through the never-ending red-tape created by the competing government agencies.” The case could take between three and five years to come to a resolution.

ANA AND UNITED EXPAND SCOPE OF JOINT VENTURE TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR DONCASTER’S DAYLE HAUXWELL EMIRATES SKYCARGO FLIES TO MAASTRICHT THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR EXPANSION

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AOT signs agreement with Liege Airport AIRPORTS of Thailand (AOT) has signed a sister agreement with Liege Airport to mutually develop air cargo business opportunities. The agreement was signed at the Asia Air Cargo Summit in Bangkok on 30 January by AOT president, Nitinai Sirismatthakarn and Liege Airport CEO, Luc Partoune. The project is part of AOT’s International Business Development Master Plan that runs from 2018 to 2024, and AOT will benefit from exchange of information, airport capacity development and strategic targets. Nitinai says the partnership will be beneficial for AOT for the preparation and development of air cargo infrastructure at Suvarnabhumi Airport to export perishable goods to Europe without rejects from destination countries. He also says that Liege’s expertise in cargo operations will be useful to AOT for the establishment of a certified hub, e-commerce hub and perishables hub at Suvarnabhumi in the future. AOT has signed sister agreements with 11 airport operators in eight countries covering 15 international airports. Agreements are divided into three groups: data sharing partners; sources of best practices; and potential future clients.

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NEWSWEEK UPS and DHL invest in the US-Mexico border

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he USA-Mexico border is becoming increasingly important for DHL and UPS with both companies upgrading facilities in the area. DHL Global Forwarding is investing in key stations on the USA-Mexico border to help customers requiring airfreight, ocean freight, customs brokerage, warehouse and domestic services. As part of its strategic plan to grow freight forwarding services in main cities across the US, DHL Global Forwarding will invest in San Diego, Tucson, Nogales, El Paso, Laredo and McAllen. DHL Global Forwarding head of Southern Border Stations, Alejandro Palacios says: “These six stations are located in some of the most trade-driven metropolitan areas along the U.S.-Mexico border. As such, DHL’s strategic investment will enhance our customers’ ability to flourish in these markets. DHL Global Forwarding’s Southern border stations employ 300 staff in total and are strategically located near international airports and border crossings. UPS is to invest $41 million in a new package operations centre in El Paso, Texas, serving a manufacturing region that stretches across Texas and New Mexico in the US, and Ciudad Juarez, Chi-

ACS hits Broadway with new office Air Charter Service (ACS) is strengthening its position in the US with a second office in New York, which is also its sixth in North America. The Manhattan office is on Broadway, just a few blocks from Times Square, and will be headed up by Jason Brice, who has worked for both ACS’s private jet and cargo divisions. ACS chief executive officer, Justin Bowman says the Long Island operation is the compa-

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ny’s second largest office after the London headquarters. He says: “We have always had many clients in Manhattan, and our office in Long Island has looked after them well. We pride ourselves on personal service and having a base in the business district of the city has been on our list for a while now. In our industry meeting clients face-to-face is crucial to long-term relationships.”

huahua in Mexico. The facility, near El Paso International Airport, will add more than 153,000 square feet of new processing capacity and is expected to begin operating in late 2018. UPS’s president of the Red River District, Craig Wiltz says: “El Paso is the gateway to one of the most important industrial corridors in the U.S. – Mexico trade lane. UPS is one of the pistons helping drive the economic growth engine in this community.”

White elected president of CNS CARGO Network Services (CNS) has appointed Michael White as president, taking responsibility for all operations including financial settlements, commercial operations and advocacy for its member airlines and forwarding customers. White has most recently served as CNS vice president of government and industry relations, where he supported US industry efforts for the development of standards

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for the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) programme, the adoption of the electronic consignment security declaration (eCSD) by the US Transportation Security Administration, and other initiatives. White, an industry veteran with nearly four decades of experience in the air transport industry, succeeds Lionel van der Walt, who left to become executive vice president and chief executive officer of RCI.


Demand grows like it’s 2010 again

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irfreight demand grew at its fastest rate since 2010, with freight tonne kilometres (FTK) increasing nine per cent in 2017, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports. The growth in 2017 was more than double the rate in 2016 and was sealed by solid results in December, when demand grew by 5.7 per cent, which was less than half the annual growth rate seen in the middle of the year, it was still considerably higher than the five-year average of 4.7 per cent. Capacity measured in available freight tonne kilometres rose by three per cent in 2017, the slowest rate since 2012, and load factors were up 2.5 percentage points to 45.5 per cent. IATA director general and chief executive officer, Alexandre de Juniac says: “Air cargo had its strongest performance since the rebound from the global financial crisis in 2010. Demand grew by nine per cent. That outpaced the industry-wide growth in both cargo capacity and in passenger demand. “We saw improvements in load factors, yields and revenues. Air cargo is still a very tough and competitive business, but the developments in 2017 were the most positive that we have seen in a very long time.”

ANA and United expand scope of joint venture

He says the outlook for 2018 is optimistic, and though demand is unlikely to grow as quickly again, e-commerce and temperature and time sensitive goods are likely to remain strong. De Juniac says: “We still expect a very healthy 4.5 per cent expansion of demand in 2018. Challenges remain, including the need for industry-wide evolution to more efficient processes. That will help improve customer satisfaction and capture market share as the expectations of shippers and consumers grow ever more demanding.”

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SHAWN Richard has been chosen for the newly created role at SEKO Logistics of vice president global airfreight, taking responsibility for international air procurement and maximising SEKO’s air utilisation. He has more than 30 years of logistics industry experience and brings extensive knowledge of carrier management, procurement and cross border e-commerce, which now accounts for 50 per cent of SEKO’s airfreight volumes. CSAFE Global has strengthened its sales team with the appointments of Thomas Lewin and Sonya Stoyantschova. Konstanz, Germany-based Letwin is director of sales for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Vienna, Austria-based Stoyantschova will be responsible for markets in Central and Eastern Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Turkey. Lewin brings over 15 years of experience with him, and Stoyantschova has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

All Nippon Airways and United Airlines are expanding their cargo joint venture to include routes from the US and Canada to Japan. The airlines started joint sales and enhanced operation of shipments originating in Japan bound for the US and Canada in July 2016, and the upgrade will take effect on 6 February. The Japanese carrier says the addition will offer customers more destinations with shorter lead times, and they will benefit from a joint network of 360 nonstop flights a week to 15 destinations over the Pacific and further flight and truck connections in Japan, the US and Canada. Pictured above, ANA Cargo president and chief executive officer, Toshiaki Toyama (left) with United Cargo president, Jan Krems. ANA Holdings has also released its financial results for the nine months ending on 31 December 2017. Net income increased 76.7 per cent to 152.9 billion yen, compared to 86.5 billion yen in the first three quarters of 2016.

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IN THIS latest journey through the archives, the last issue of the 20th century brought us noisy aircaft and a fuming multi-millionaire

EU hushkit issue nears resolution Vol 2, Issue 50 20 December 1999 AVIATION EXPERTS are quietly confident that the EU/US impasse over the use of hushkitted aircraft after May 2000 could soon be resolved. The EU has said it is ready to delay until at least September 2001 a controversial law aimed at cutting noise pollution around European airports on condition that the US agrees to negotiate international noise reduction standards. At New Delhi, airline entrepeneur Richard Branson was denied boarding by British Airways despite a confirmed $7,000 first class ticket, on its flight to London. Branson promptly called a news conference and accused the carrier of “churlish” behaviour. BA retorted that his travel agent was at fault, having first postponed the flight then insisting he must fly on the original date.

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NEWSWEEK Schiphol welcomes first shipment Tributes paid to DSA’s Hauxwell in WCO backed pilot programme

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msterdam Airport Schiphol has welcomed its first shipment as part of a pilot programme to streamline and secure Customs procedures between China and the European Union (EU). The shipment was from Shanghai and the World Customs Organization (WCO) Customs to Customs pilot project called Smart and Secure Trade Lanes (SSTL) aims to reduce lead times and Customs procedures, and increase security in the supply chain through data sharing. Schiphol is the only European airport chosen to take part in the pilot, which makes use of an encrypted data exchange platform developed and maintained by the WCO. The project has already reduced clearance times and increased predictability in the maritime supply chain through close cooperation between Customs in countries including China, the Netherlands, Spain and Poland. The first import SSTL shipment arrived at Schiphol in December, and was flown by Air

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China Cargo and booked by Yusen Logistics, one of the participants in the SSTL programme. Yusen Logistics regional managing director for Northern Europe, Piet Boogaard says: “As well as benefiting from faster release of goods and more predictable delivery times, we are proud to be supporting the development of standards that will strengthen and secure supply chains.” The Customs authorities of countries participating in SSTL are working together to recognise and make use of each other’s inspection findings, share risk information, and develop secure communication channels to achieve this. The first airfreight shipment under the SSTL project was delivered from Schiphol to Baiyun Airport in Guangzhou last May. Schiphol cargo business development director, Saskia van Pelt says: “We are glad that Dutch Customs is participating in this pilot project as this strengthens our ties with Shanghai Pudong International airport, our largest cargo destination, as well as Baiyun airport, home base of China Southern Airlines.”

TRIBUTES have been paid to Dayle Hauxwell (pictured), head of cargo for Doncaster Sheffield Airport, who died on Friday 26 January following a short illness. Hauxwell was diagnosed with Cancer in 2016 and “fought hard to beat it”, and was able to return to the business for 12 months before the illness returned. The LinkedIn post, signed by Amira, Chris, Gary and Rob of the DSA Cargo team, says the illness was aggressive, and the post says: “Sadly, his health declined very quickly & Dayle passed away peacefully on Friday 26th Jan.” He joined DSA in 2014 and the tribute says he achieved a lot in a relatively short period of time, with throughput growing to record levels and establishing great

relationships. The tribute says Hauxwell leaves DSA in a “much better shape than before he entered our lives”, highlighting his positive outlook, warmth of character and wealth of knowledge. The post says: “We are determined to build on the success & legacy that Dayle leaves & will continue to develop his vision for DSA to be the UK’s Freighter Friendly Airport.” He leaves behind a wife, Hannah, and two children, Emily and Harry.

ACL gives Morgan a promotion ACL Airshop has promoted Anthony Morgan (pictured) to the role of vice chairman, following 12 successful years as president and chief executive officer (CEO). The Cornell University graduate has been with the company and its predecessors for 25 years, and his achievements include engineering the recapitalisation of the ACL and Airshop enterprises 10 years ago, and merging them into the ACL Airshop brand. Business more than tripled during his tenure as CEO, and in 2016 he successfully negotiated

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for multiple institutional investment companies and Ranger Aerospace to help take ACL to the next level. Morgan says: “When I look back to where we started and where we are today, I am truly humbled by our success. We are the global leader in Custom ULD Solutions and our equipment can be found at almost every airport in the world. “This is a credit to each and every person who works at ACL Airshop. I have been truly blessed to work with the best TEAM in the industry!”


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ASIA AIR CARGO SUMMIT REVIEW The time is right for VietJet Air to start freighter flights

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ietnam’s fast rising star, VietJet Air is finally about to satisfy its freighter ambitions with two narrow-body freighters due to come onboard in Q2 this year, followed by two more by year end, along with a long-haul freighter partnership and in 2019, medium-body freighters, Donald Urquhart reports from Bangkok. “It’s urgent, the market develops very fast and we have received many requirements from customers, but we are waiting for delivery,” said VietJet Air’s vice president cargo, Dô Xuân Quang as he detailed the low cost carrier’s dizzying plans at the Asia Air Cargo Summit 2018. The carrier has reached saturation point in terms of its belly capacity on its current fleet of 53 A320 family aircraft and with the booming Vietnamese economy, Quang says the time is right for freighters. The carrier’s cargo strategy is a three phased affair, with the first phase seeing the carrier operating a belly cargo operation domestically with some regional operations to Southeast and Northeast Asia over the first few years. Now entering phase two, VietJet Air will bring in two leased B737-400 freighters in the second quarter this year with two more coming onboard before year-end, Quang said. “We will develop a cargo strategy combining the belly network with the freighters on a point-to-point service,” he added. These will serve short-haul destinations primarily around the region, including Singapore, Bangkok, and Hong Kong, as well as domestic destinations from its dual hubs of Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) and Hanoi (HAN). Once the next two freighters join the fleet, VietJet Cargo will expand its network to Japan and India. Passenger services to

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India will begin in the second quarter and to Japan in June or July. Quang says the primary customers are express courier companies and the post office and the primary cargo will be e-commerce products along with some seafood and valuable cargo as well. Phase two will also see a collaboration with an operator of long-haul freighters for flights to Europe and the US, Quang said pointing to the likes of Cargolux, Turkish Cargo or Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) as examples. He added that no agreements had been reached as yet. “This would be from the third-quarter this year, maximum fourth-quarter this year. We must fly there because the US is a very important market for Vietnam. About 30 to 32 per cent of Vietnamese exports go to the US,” he said. Phase three will see the addition of leased medium-body

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freighters, either A330s or B767s, with which the carrier will open up routes to Dubai, India, Shanghai and Australia. This will likely be in 2019, Quang says, the same time as it begins passenger operations to the US. The US operations will utilise Dreamliners which will give a belly capacity of around 14 tonnes Quang noted. The US service will operate from SGN to San Jose near San Francisco where there is a very large expatriate Vietnamese community he added. The carrier’s foray into freighters has clearly not been done on a whim and comes at a time when Vietnam’s economy has been growing at double digits for some time now. The air cargo market has similarly followed with 1.1 million tonnes of cargo in 2016, rising to 1.3 million tonnes last year. The market is forecast to reach 2.5 million tonnes by 2020 at an average growth rate of 12.8 per cent per year. Much of this is comprised of garments, shoes, electronics, seafood and other perishables and e-commerce. With 52 foreign carriers operating in Vietnam, 17 of them also offer freighter capacity and Quang highlights there is no Vietnamese operated freighter capacity. Roughly 70 per cent of cargo goes in the belly while the remaining 30 is maindeck uplift. These 17 freighter airlines operate 75 flights a week into SGN and HAN, uplifting more than 7,000 tonnes of cargo, including nearly 1,300 tonnes for Samsung alone, as well as 1,500 tonnes for Microsoft and Nokia per week. And even with all this capacity Quang says there is still a short fall of nearly 150,000 tonnes a year, something he plans to tap. “We are very successful in passenger operations and for freighter operations this year we will be successful like passenger side.”


MIDDLE EAST Emirates flies to Maastricht

UPS connects Louisville with Dubai

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PS is using one of its new Boeing 747-8 Freighters for its longest scheduled service, flying the aircraft from its Worldport global air hub in Louisville to Dubai. The 7,700 mile route is operated on a weekly basis and will become a daily flight on 27 February, operating Tuesday through Saturday, and is part of UPS’s plan to expand its presence in Dubai by establishing capacity, technology and staff capabilities to serve customers shipping to and from Dubai in the build up to Expo 2020 and beyond. The Louisville-Dubai flight leg is part of an around-the-world flight route that begins and ends at the UPS Worldport, and for the volume from North and South America that passes through Worldport, there is a full day time-intransit improvement to Dubai. After arriving in Dubai, new package and freight volume is loaded on board the aircraft before it departs for Shenzhen, home to UPS’s largest facility in Asia. US bound volume is then loaded in Shenzhen and the aircraft returns to Worldport via Anchorage.

UPS International president, Jim Barber says the UAE trades with all 50 US states and is the US’s largest export destination in the Middle East. He says: “Dubai’s importance as a global trade hub increases every day – and we’re now getting there a day faster from North and South America with our small package express carrier and cargo offerings. “Growth potential is great for companies accessing the UAE and other rapidly developing industrial and commercial sectors in the region. Our new flight is another example of how UPS’s smart global logistics network, which carries three per cent of the world’s GDP every day, constantly evolves to service increasing international trade demands.” UPS Airlines president, Brendan Canavan says: “Our customers are demanding more capacity, and we’re providing it with this nonstop connection to Dubai. “UPS has made a strategic investment in 747-8 jumbo jets, the largest aircraft we have ever flown, to offer sustainable lift on longrange international routes like this.”

EMIRATES SkyCargo is expanding its presence in Europe with a new scheduled freighter service to Maastricht that started on 6 February. The airline will initially operate two Boeing 777 Freighter flights a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, arriving at 08.10h local time and departing for Dubai World Central at 10.10h. At the end of March the airline will increase the frequency to seven flights a week, and the service is expected to supplement cargo capacity offered on freighter and passenger aircraft to Amsterdam as well as providing air cargo connectivity to neighbouring regions in Belgium and Germany. Emirates divisional senior vice president for cargo, Nabil Sultan (pictured) says: “Emir-

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ates SkyCargo is delighted to be starting scheduled freighter services to Maastricht. The Netherlands is one of our most important cargo markets globally and the freighters to Maastricht will allow us to build a stronger presence to respond to customer needs in the region. “In addition, the vibrant business and logistics community around Maastricht will now have access to seamless trade connections to over 155 destinations across six continents on the Emirates SkyCargo network.” Maastricht Aachen Airport managing director, Jos Roeven adds: “We look forward to serving this important air cargo customer at Maastricht Airport. This win is a culmination of several months of hard and successful work by our team.”

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The jewel in air cargo’s crown put on display again

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he industry is set to return to the jewel in air cargo’s crown for the 7th edition of Air Cargo India, which takes place at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai from 20 to 22 February. India, which is the world’s second most populous country in the world, with a population of over 1.2 billion people, has a rapidly growing economy and is working hard to improve its logistics performance. According to the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index, India jumped 19 places and ranked 35th in 2016, compared to 54th the previous year. The Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index also reports that India is rapidly improving, having jumped to second position in the 2017 index, switching spots with the UAE. The Indian air cargo market has experienced rapid growth, increasing 9.3 per cent between April and January 2016-17. The government of India has realised that air cargo is vital for the nation’s economic development, and has launched a number of initiatives like Make in India to enable the country to become part of the global supply chain and increase trade. To demonstrate that air cargo is viewed as important to Indian economic development, the Airport Authority of India launched a subsidiary company in August 2016 called AAI Cargo Logistics & Allied Services (AAICLAS). The subsidiary will work as a multi modal interface linking air, surface and water transport with the intention of having the largest network and being the fastest logistics service provider in India. AAICLAS says it is working to promote and encourage the business as a cargo terminal operator, free trade zone, airfreight station and inland container depot for cargo and passengers. The Airports Authority of India says that efficient logistics infrastructure acts as an economic catalyst contributing directly to global competitiveness, and the Indian market has grown rapidly and is poised to take a big leap in the manufacturing sector, for which development of infrastructure and logistics play a vital role.

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Experts will be on hand to discuss growth path

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ndia is destined for rapid growth, and numerous air cargo professionals from across the world will be on hand to discuss what path the nation will take. IATA’s global head of cargo, Glyn Hughes will be on hand to moderate the first round table on Tuesday 20 February, ‘Charting a new flight path for Indian air cargo as a global destination’. He will be joined by well-respected and experienced guests including Lufthansa Cargo executive board member and CCO, Alexis von Hoensbroech; Chapman Freeborn chief executive officer (CEO), Russi Batliwala; and Mumbai International Airport senior vice president & head – cargo, Manoj Singh. The first session on Wednesday 21 February will be ‘Facilitating global trade – how air cargo is making it happen’, which will be moderated by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol director of business development for cargo, Bart Pouwels. Delegates will hear from speakers including ECS Group CEO, Adrien Thominet; Air Charter Service group cargo director, Dan Morgan-Evans; and Etihad Airways vice president for cargo, Justin Carr. Digitalisation is the word for the next round table, ‘Keeping pace with the evolving paradigms in the air freight industry’. The session will be moderated by Kuehne + Nagel senior vice president – products & services – global air logistics, Marcel Fujike. He will be joined by experts including International Federation of Customs Brokers Association chairman, Shantanu Bhadkamkar; Turkish Airlines chief cargo officer, Turhan Ozen; and MAB Kargo CEO, Ahmad Luqman Bin Mohd Azmi. The growth of e-commerce will be the talking point of the first session of 22 February, where speakers including Boeing regional director – airline market analysis, marketing & business development, Tom Crabtree; Liege Airport vice president – commercial, Steven Verhasselt; and DHL eCommerce CEO – Asia Pacific, Malcolm Monteiro will give their views in the round table ‘E-commerce retail – what air cargo can deliver’. The final session of the show will focus on collaboration. The round table ‘Industry collaborations enable efficient, intelligent & profitable air cargo supply chains’ will be moderated by MiamiDade Aviation Department manager of aviation, trade & logistics, Emir Pineda; who will be joined by speakers including TIACA vice chairman, Steven Polmans; Cathay Pacific Group regional general manager – South Asia, Middle East & Africa, Mark Sutch; and Swiss WorldCargo director of cargo for India, Middle East & Africa, Shankar Iyer.

Shippers’ forums return

THE ever popular Shippers’ Forums will make a return, with two sessions hosted by Brussels Airport and Frankfurt Airport. The first forum will take place on Tuesday 20 February focusing on pharmaceuticals. ‘Pharma by air – building smarter temperature controlled logistics from end-to-end delivering health’ will be hosted by Brussels Airport, and moderated by cargo & logistics marketing manager, Johan Leunen, who will be joined a number of representatives from the pharmaceutical industry. Speakers will include Teva Pharma head of logistics for Asia Pacific, Ryan Viegas; Takeda Pharmaceuticals executive director, Ashok Bhattacharya; and Reliance Life Science general manager for procurement, Dharmesh Jian. Frankfurt Airport will host the second shippers’ forum on Wednesday 21 February at 14.30h, ‘Facilitating Indian exports through air’, which will be moderated by the airport’s vice president sales cargo, Roland Weil. He will be joined by panellists including Frankfurt Airport senior vice president for cargo, Felix Kreutel; Siemens vice president – head of import export and export control & customs, Pramod Sant; and Dachser India managing director, Huned Gandhi.

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INDIA The time is right for expansion

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here is a growing sense across much of Indian airfreight that the country has built up a growth momentum. This is pulling in foreign and domestic investments that can only support the industry into the future. India’s Goods & Services Tax unification and other economic reforms have been greeted favourably by the logistics industry, according to the Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index 2018. The index compilers say the percentage of professionals who said their companies are now considering investment in India jumped from 22.8 per cent a year ago to 37.4 per cent in the latest survey.

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It remains a large emerging market with excellent growth prospects, which is held back by mediocre business conditions and infrastructure, though infrastructure in particular is improving rapidly. An example of foreign investment is that is being made are expansion plans by London-based Air Charter Service. The Indian operation of the aircraft charter specialist has moved to new premises in Mumbai in order to fulfil the company’s growth plans in the region. ACS India managing director Ashish Wastrad (pictured), says: “We feel that now is the right time to move to larger premises to help us put our expansion plans into practice – our new office is more than twice the size of the current workplace giving us enough room for the foreseeable future. “We hope that our continuous investment in the India charter market will keep our expansion strategy on course.”

India has the brightest growth prospects

INDIA’s economy holds the brightest growth prospects amongst the world’s seven largest economies, according to results from the first-ever DHL Global Trade Barometer. Indian air remains strong, with high demand for commodities and equipment driving growth. “More than any of the world’s largest economies, India’s major industries have displayed levels of resilience and growth that will buoy business confidence in the short to medium turn,” says DHL Global Forwarding India managing director George Lawson. “India’s economy has built up terrific momentum in recent times: since 2008, its GDP has risen every single year to $2.44 trillion last year, more than double the levels of a decade ago. As the country continues to invest heavily in infrastructure, we expect it to continue its upward trajectory for the foreseeable future.” The first-ever DHL Global Trade Barometer, an early indicator of global trade developments calculated using Artificial In-

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telligence, Big Data and predictive analytics, assigned India the highest growth indices of the seven countries assessed, due to strong and sustained increases in airfreight in and out of the country. The country’s trade in machinery and high-tech goods continues to underpin its growth, while increased imports of industrial raw materials point to an extended period of trade development for the nation. “We’re expecting strong performance in not just one or two sectors, but across the entire Indian economy,” says Lawson. “That implies two things: Indian enterprises of all stripes are not only growing fast, but becoming more and more globally connected in how they do business.” He adds that dynamic planning will become even more important. “Given this steep growth, it is critical that Indian exporters and importers alike partner with professional logistics providers to ensure their air demand is met with the right supply of capacity.”


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